Monday, March 17, 2008

Concern about racial bias in Kentucky foster care system

Former state employee speaks out against foster care
WBKO, Mar 16, 2008.

Bowling Green, KY - A former state employee says Kentucky officials are backing off an initiative to try to prevent racial bias in the foster care system.

Last year, Delanor Manson was asked to lead the effort to educate social workers, school officials and others about bias.

That came after the Cabinet for Health and Family Services admitted that the number of African Americans under the state's care was disproportionate to their numbers in the population.

Manson was fired in January by Governor Steve Beshear's administration, and now says the state is backing off the initiative.

However, officials with the Cabinet say they have put about $260,000 in state funding behind the effort.


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